Area briefs

Museum closes for winter months

PLEASANT HILL — The Pleasant Hill History Center will be closed until March 6, 2018, due to the high cost of heating the building.

In the meantime, visit the center’s website at, Facebook and newspapers for news and updates during this time.

Jazz band to perform

PIQUA — The Miami East Jazz Band will perform from 7-8 p.m. Thursday at the Miami Valley Centre Mall, Piqua.

Bands come together

TROY — The Ohio Valley British Brass Band will perform in concert with the Troy High School Band at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Troy High School auditorium.

TROY — Dr. Robert Bateman, a New Carlisle resident and retired Lt. Col. Of the USAF and professor of aviation related courses, will speak Monday, Dec. 18, at the Aviati0n Lecture Series at WACO Air Museum, Willis Wing, 1865 S. County Road 25-A, Troy.

Dr. Bateman has an extensive background in the fields of aviation and education. Parking and admission are free and open to the public.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the lecture beginning at 7 p.m. The lecture is scheduled to last one hour with a time for questions to follow.

For more information, call 335-9226 or visit

Solstice event upcoming

TROY — Join Brukner Nature Center staff at 7 p.m. Dec. 21 for the annual “Winter Solstice Event” at Brukner Nature Center. The theme of this season’s event is “Wildlife & Wild Places” featuring BNC’s Photo Contest Exhibit and presentation by Ohio Division of Wildlife Staff.

Come meet photo contest participants and enjoy their photographs that capture the beauty and majesty of wildlife and wild places. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and refreshments will include a variety of homemade cookies and candies, enjoyed with a mug of hot chocolate or flavored coffee.

At 7:15 p.m., participants will settle for a lecture presented by Erin Hazelton, wind energy/wildlife administrator with the ODNR Division of Wildlife, sharing an overview of the Division of Wildlife’s latest projects followed by a virtual trip underground to discover Ohio’s cave wildlife.

Admission is $5 for BNC members and $10 for non-members. All proceeds from this event and the sale of the photographs will support BNC’s own wildlife research projects. This exhibit will feature the work of both adult and youth participants.

The exhibit will also be open to the public during business hours through March 18.